Storage Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research PSI Colloquium Prof. Dr. Steven Chu Nobel Laureate in Physics 1997 Secretary of Energy of the United States of America, 2009 - 2013 “Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability” Date: 12th March 2015 Time: 10.00 am Place: Paul Scherrer Institut, Auditorium PSI West ________________________________________________________________ Prof. Dr. Steven Chu Prof. Dr. Steven Chu is the 6th recipient of the Richard R. Ernst Gold Medal. He received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips “for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light”. His contribution to optical science was a technological breakthrough. Equally honorable is his appointment as the 12th United States’ Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2013. Prof. Steven Chu is indeed an exemplary role model for scientists, demonstrating how scientific insight and initiative can help finding approaches for solving societal problems. One of his ideas is to replace the oil-based economy by a global glucose economy where glucose from high-glucose plants is being used for satisfying the global energy needs. The holder of 10 patents, Prof. Chu has published more than 250 scientific and technical papers. Also today, he remains active with his research group and has recently published work in as diverging fields such as on general relativity, single molecule biology, biophysics and biomedicine, and most importantly on scientific challenges and opportunities in clean energy.
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